I think I might shorten the outside edge of the sleeve, something more like this:
So that it's less of a horizontal line in the bust area, though my change makes it more of a wide strap than a sleeve.
As an experiment, I played around with a horizontal line below the bust line, and came up with these color combinations (darker color on top makes the area less noticeable): Brown: Blue: pinkish red:
Paint's not too friendly with coloring in pictures that weren't made in paint, but I thought they came out pretty nice. Depending on what colors your MIL looks good in, those might be some options to think about.
I also played around with diagonals a bit: teal: black with maybe lace in the bottom corner:
In all circumstances with the spray paint circles, I was thinking a subtle print (tone on tone, maybe, or black on background color) or something like a lace overlay.
Checked my mailbox early this afternoon, and my package had arrived!! Here's a group shot (minus the wrist warmers that DD snatched up before the camera came out):
Including: stickers from most aspects of Miles's life:
a bag from Siegling's! Apparently US customs chose not to allow the decorative stunner inside the country. But I still get the bag, and it's worth more to me than the stunner (can you imagine what a two year old would do with a stunner?):
The amazingly cool Imp Sec Horus Eyes Illusion knit Wrist warmers (as modeled by my thief daughter) (great idea! Cockroach central is probably sneaky enough to use illusion knitting to hide thier signature Horus eyes):
And the utterly awesome glorious butter bug bag!!!! This is just too awesome for words! The butterfly fabric on the inside is really pretty, and it has a zippered pocket (but the light inside was too poor today to get any good pics):
Thanks so much Sansa!!! You were a wonderful swap partner (and the kids love the Minties and the chocolates)!
It's not the most original idea in the world, I realize, but it works great. I bought a rather large watering can, and misplaced it (kids kept getting at it, and making lakes on the floor, so I put it up so they wouldn't be able to get at it, and I can't remember where I put it). My smaller watering can doesn't have a sprinkler top, so the water just pours out (think tea kettle).
Anyway, I needed to go out and take the frost covers off the plants, and figured I'd water the plants while I was at it. I happened to have emptied a gallon jug (~4 liters) of milk at breakfast, and thought it might make a good substitute. Most milk carton watering cans tend to have the holes in the lid, but I put them along the top. There's one hole at the top of the handle (to let air in, since it's didn't work that great without it), and a bunch (20?) holes along the top opposite the handle. I used a metal kebob skewer to make the holes, and it worked beautifully. There's a picture of it sitting in the sink (with the holes in the top. The air hole is at the top of the handle):
And one of it sprinkling water:
If anyone needs a picture to visualize what I did, I'll try to get some taken this afternoon (when the teenagers get home). It was really fast, really easy crafting. The bonus: it works better than my old watering can.
My 5 year old specifically requested a Rescue pack, just like Diego has. So I made him one, right after Christmas (it was *supposed* to be for Christmas. ). Here it is:
I spent lots of time getting everything in the right areas (including printing out a coloring page of Rescue pack from the nickjr website, and enlarging so that it fit the area I was trying to get). Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a look at a colored-in Rescue Pack until after I finished the face, and discovered his eyebrows are the wrong color (they're on the pocket flap, so they don't show up in this pic anyway). It doesn't matter a whole lot, as DS didn't notice, and actually hasn't played much with his Rescue pack. Still, he was really excited when I gave it to him, and I'm fairly happy with how it turned it, so I thought I'd post it (now that I finally was able to upload the picture).
Ok, so her birthday was a few months ago. Anyway, for whatever reason, my daughter really likes Kingdom Hearts, and for some reason, she has an affinity for Xaldin, so I made her a chocolate cake with him on it (excuse it if it's sideways. In the preview, it was sideways, now it looks fine to me. *boggle*):
She also developed a huge interest in Portal (in the Orange Box), so I made a mini cake like the holo cake. Unfortunately, all the cherries wouldn't fit, so I put one on the Xaldin cake, just so that they were all accounted for. Also pictured is the Companion Cube DD's friend was in the process of making (just because):
DS decided that it didn't matter what his birthday cake looked like, so I'm not even sure I took a picture of it. My soon to be 5 year old is likely to have interesting demands, though, so provided my photo uploading capabilities continue to work, I should have a picture of his cake in the next week or so.
I received on Wednesday, but haven't had a chance to post pictures until now. Thanks so much bluwave06! Here's my stocking, all hung up!
I love the fabric, and the jinglebells! They have snowflakes on the bottoms!
She also sent me a card, some tootsie rolls (not pictured) my favorite Christmas candy (filled raspberries!), two really awesome snowflake ornaments, some really cool wrapped barrettes with button trim... And three awesome fabric bags for taking to the grocery store! My plastic bag collection will no longer grow exponentially!! And I love the fabric! I just have to decide which one I'll put on the outside.
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The pumpkin costume was made by my mom (for my nephew a few years ago actually: it's nice to recycle, especially since that's what DS really wanted to be), and I made the red eyed tree frog costume for my two year old. There are orange feet for it as well, but I was worried that he would trip over them, so unless he decides to use them as slippers, they were pretty much a wasted effort. Any time someone asked him what he was, he said, "I a tree frog! Ribbit ribbit!"